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Interview with Dr. Alex A. Khadavi, creator of Revivogen

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Dr. Khadavi, CEO of Advanced Skin and Hair, Inc., is the creator of Revivogen. Dr. Khadavi, Let's start with a question about yourself. Please tell us about yourself and your background.

Dr. Khadavi: I'm a board-certified Dermatoligist. I've done my training at the University of California, San Francisco and went to medical school at George Washington University. Currently I'm in private practice in the Los Angeles area focusing on dermatology, dermatological surgery, hair loss, and cosmetic dermatology. Also, I'm an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Southern California, where I teach residents and medical students about dermatology. Wow... you are keeping yourself quite busy!

Dr. Khadavi: Well, it's exciting! Dermatology is a advancing field we have a lot of interesting developments in not only diagnoses but treatment, and new treatment modalities; not just in cosmetic dermatology but surgical dermatology and general dermatology. In particular, a lot of new avenues are coming up in hair loss, which you want to be abreast of and be able to teach other people about. Is there anything that you see coming down the pipe in the next few years?

Dr. Khadavi: In regards to hair loss, I think the biggest advance is going to be follicular neogenesis. Athough there are other developments in stimulation of the hair follicle in anagen phase, through different sources of what we call peptides, which is not specifically gene therapy but it's manipulating genes through protein derivatives which are able to put the hair into the growth cycle. However, this is not the ultimate solution to hair loss. The ultimate solution for hair loss is going to come in the way of gene therapy, specifically follicular neogenesis, where you're able to isolate hair cells from non-DHT sensitive areas--for instance, the back of the scalp, or side of the scalp, grow these cells in the laboratory, as we call it, in vitro, and inject it back into the scalp in areas where hair density is lower, particularly the front or the crown of the scalp, and regrow hair.

So I think within the next 3 to 5 years it [follicular neogenesis] is really going to bear fruit, in that we are going to see advances in F.D.A. trials, particularly Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials where there will be thousands of people that will be able to take advantage of it. Hopefully within the next 3 to 5 years we are going to have it available to consumers.

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